S Korean President Lee
Unification of South Korea with north may sound good news to the international community but would only irritate North Korea, which is already aggressive against South Korea. It will only take it as a challenge for annexation by the South. Unification Ministry of South Korea stated that it would divert its strategy to initiate diplomatic talks for unification of the Korean Peninsula.
However, this is not likely to receive any friendly gesture from North Korea and its ally China, which may regard the statement as a threatening or preparation to enslave North Korea.
Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea stressed on resolving the issue of nuclear armament by North through six-party talks as well as preparing for military attack if required. Recent few weeks have witnessed rising tensions between the two countries that began with aggression from North Korea, its attack on Yeonpyeong Island and following gunfire from both sides. The statement of South Korean ministry showing willingness for unification came in a policy report; however the two countries have always been in war like situation always since their inception.
S Korean President Lee revealed that there was growing willingness among North Koreans for getting reunited with the other part of peninsula and South Korea is ready to step forward. He stated this while on a visit to Malaysia in early December.
Tension between N Korea and S Korea is increasing
North Korea has blamed the United States and South Korea for setting the peninsula region on a path to a nuclear war by launching military drills. The South Korean administration has stated that the North Korea is all set to go for another nuclear test next year.
In a report published in a major North Korean daily stated that the military drill on Yeonpyeong Island near the disputed marine border was an act of intentional provocation and Pyongyang had been closely watching the irresponsible activities of warmongers inviting an atomic war. The report further said that if North Korea is forced into a war then it has every right to protect itself using best possible means. Pyongyang could go for another nuclear test sometime next year as it needs to refine plutonium bomb, South Korea’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security said in a report published on its website.
North Korea has shown apprehensions regarding the military drills by South Korea and the US and said these kinds of activities are indicating toward a full-fledged invasion.
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin said that retaliation of any kind to further attack by the North Korea would include aerial attacks.
Korean Peninsula has been witnessing serious tensions since Pyongyang fired missiles on Yeonpyeong Island in November, leaving two soldiers and two civilians dead. Thereafter, South Korea conducted first live-firing drills on December 20 on the island.
Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea: Despite Pyongyang’s threat for disastrous outcome, South Korea conducted live-fire military drills on an island just few kilometers away from North Korea’s shores on Monday. South Korean administration evacuated the adjoining land border and instructed the island residents to hide themselves in case of military attack.
The military exercise, which lasted for few hours, was conducted nearly after a month since North Korean army bombarded Yeonpyeong Island. The attack targeting civilian areas, killing marines and construction workers, was the first since the Korean War of 1950-53. Since then the Korean peninsula remained volatile and disturbed.
The UN diplomats organized a meeting on Sunday to fins a solution to the problem but in vain. North Korea described the military drills an irresponsible act of Seoul but said that it would hold own fire as South Korean army had changed its firing zones. North Korea has been claiming the waters around Yeonpyeong as its region. After the exchange of firings last month, Pyongyang accused the South Korean army of firing missiles into its waters but Seoul refuted the claim by saying that artilleries were fired in the southern direction.
North Korea, however, issued another boiling statement in which it vowed to go for military attack.
Meanwhile, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has said that Seoul is equipped enough to tackle untoward circumstances if any arising out of military clash with North Korea.
The US and others wanted the United Nations Security Council to condemn military firing of North Korea and blamed the North for igniting the already tensed atmosphere in the peninsula.
North Korea Threatens Merciless Action Against South
Seoul: North Korea warned South against its planned live firing drill on an island which has been a matter of dispute for both the nations. North Korea threatened to take stern actions against South if the later would not stop its action immediately.
It is reported that tension has aggravated in the Korean peninsula between these two countries following Seoul’s announcement regarding a military drill on Yeonpyeong Island. Prior to it N Korea had warned South Korea responding to its military exercises on the disputed sea border on Nov 23. However, the South called these drills as routine.
N Korea gave the warning following Seoul’s declaration to give a stern response to any attack on its territory.
China too confirmed South Korea’s threatening to attack N Korea, during a talk with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and appealed for cooperation to defuse tension in the Korean peninsula.
U.S. diplomatic troubleshooter Bill Richardson also visited North Korea to establish peace in the Korean peninsula”.
Dai Bingguo, a Chinese diplomat, called on the United States for cooperation over the Korean peninsula in his meeting with Steinbergon Friday.
The US official had visited China to ask to pressurize N Korea and stop its aggressions against South. The United States have been severely criticizing China over its silence on N Korea’s declaration of its nuclear power.
South Korea to enhance ties with China
Following attack by North Korea on its island and gunfire clash, South Korea has declared that it would boost relations with china.
Korean peninsula has become vibrant again following N Korea’s aggression against the South. The United States and its allies have been patting South Korea and even backed it by military exercises in the Korean peninsula. The US also warned China for overlooking N Korea’s steps.
The initiative toward boosting funds related to improving relations with China expresses that South Korea is following a defense mechanism against North.
South Korean foreign ministry has declared that it would raise the annual budget on issues related with China from $390 million to $3 billion. The country expects to show its willingness to smoothen relations with China and initiate diplomatic talks.
The raised budget would include expenses on task forces which will resolve problems related to anti-Korean attitude of Chinese and build up academic and cultural relations with China. The South Korean government also plans to begin diplomatic talks for bilateral cooperation.
Seoul’s foreign minister, Kim Sung-hwan stated that relations with China are gradually becoming vital for the stability of peace and security in the Korean peninsula and their economic well being.
South Korean soldiers and US forces exercising on N Korean boarder
The US receives another criticism for instigating war like situation in the Korean Peninsula. This time it is North Korea faulting the United States and its allies for exercising military activities and creating an explosive atmosphere for war.
The tense situation between N Korea and s Korea is almost reached on the threshold of a war due to continuous reactions by the United Sates and its allies. No only they are giving aggressive statements to provoke conflict but also reaching out with their military aid for South Korea, states a Korean news paper.
Involvement of S Korea, Japan and US in the conflict directly will make the dispute an international war. North Korea has already demonstrated its readiness both for a war and an ‘all-out war.’
The attack on Yeonpyeong Island by N Korea was first aggression from its side since Korean War in 1950-53In March N Korea also submerged a South Korean ship leading to death of more than 40 sailors.
However, the Korean media calls all these incidents as ‘cooked up’ by the United States and its allies. North Koreans consider the attack on island as revenge to S Korea’s firing in common waters.
It is not just the United States and its allies patting South Korea’s back to instigate war. China has also been reportedly involved in the conflict. N Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s meeting with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo is not hidden from anyone.
The United States had warned China recently against N Korea’s aggression in the Korean peninsula and suggested to guide N Korea.
US President Barack Obama with Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao
Washington: US President Barack Obama Warns Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao for ignoring N Korean aggression in the Korean peninsula. Obama called up President Hu Jintao over telephone on Monday. The US president asked China to pressurize N Korea for it provocation followed by military confrontation with South Korea.
Obama further stated that North Koreans needed to understand the consequence of their provocation and its adverse impact on their mutual relation with China, officials revealed.
The US officials also added that Obama recalled Hu Jintao of their meeting in Canada where the former had publicly faulted China for its ‘willful blindness’ toward N Korea’s military aggression. The United States is helping South Korea in taking strict actions against N Korean aggressions including artillery shelling and sinking of a naval warship Cheonan. The warship carried 46 South Koreans all of whom were killed.
N Korea has attacked S Koreans, bombed over S Korean land and also declared recently about its nuclear power. However, China did not check or criticize N Korea for any of its actions.
The Chinese president reportedly ignored White House invitation for scheduling a telephonic call with the US president. However, the US officials denied the report. In the conversation the Hu Jintao neither assured the US nor made any complain over US military actions in collaboration with South Korea.